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Southern Grind, best machete, machete

Badass big knife: We review the Southern Grind Bowie/machete

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A good machete is very versatile and can add a lot to your survival gear. I’ve been field testing the Southern Grind® GranDaddy G1, and it’s proving to be a real workhorse.

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Try these effective methods to carry water in your survival kit

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Being able to carry sufficient water is a survival must. Dehydration can cause you to collapse in the heat or in the cold, and it can kill you. Every survival kit should have some way to carry and purify water.

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Crash ax, Bark river knives, best tactical ax

Review: Bark River Crash Ax proves its worth

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The Bark River Crash Ax performs way above its weight class. Here is what I found about ax’s performance on a Mississippi River canoe trip.

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Any of these lightweight saws are a better choice than a saw blade spine.

Peter Kummerfeldt: How to choose the best saw for a survival kit

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Saw or axe? Here’s some advice from a long-time survival expert.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Which knife is best for survival situations?

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Survival knives: Which one is best? This post, by internationally-known survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt, may help you make a good decision on which knife to include in your survival kit.

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Fenix rechargeable headlamp, headlamp, best headlamp, lights for deer hunters

Review: Fenix rechargeable headlamp should be in your gear

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I love headlamps, and think one should be in everyone’s emergency gear. This Fenix rechargeable headlamp deserves consideration for your emergency gear and/or Bug Out Bag.

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Hatchet or saw: Choose the best portable survival kit woodcutting tool

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Should you carry a hatchet or a saw? It depends. When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, anticipate where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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emergency lighting kit, emergency lighting, last minute gift

Great last minute gift idea: Make an emergency lighting setup

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Need a last minute gift idea for that hard to buy for person who has everything? Give the gift of light by setting up an emergency lighting kit.

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Best knife sheath? We review the Jenna Martin Vehement Knives design

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A really, really important part of a rigid blade knife is the sheath. A good one will be safe and comfortable to carry and get used. A poorly-designed sheath is dangerous and encourages you leaving the knife behind. This design by Jenna Martin is incredible!

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Blake Miller: Compass Accuracy and Why You Should Care

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Accuracy is critical when it comes to hunting rifles, writing news stories and court testimony, but what about that old reliable (?) compass? How accurate is it, and how important can that be? Navigation expert Blake Miller explains what accuracy  standards to look for in magnetic compasses, and why the backcountry traveler should care. by Blake Miller After speaking at a…

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